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NHL notes: Islanders' Rick DiPietro hurt ... again

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro watches the puck during a game against the Flames at the...

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro watches the puck during a game against the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., Jan. 3, 2011. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 7:51 PM ET

New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is hurt again.

Yeah, shocking isn't it? He can't even play in Germany without getting banged up.

DiPietro, who has a well documented history of injury woes during his NHL career, has another groin issue and hasn't played for SC Riessersee since Thursday, according to a report on German website merkur-online.de. The report doesn't say how serious DiPietro's injury is, but given his recent history -- he missed 58 games last season due to a groin problem, sports hernia and knee swelling -- it must be a concern to the Islanders.

DiPietro is under contract to the Islanders until 2020-21.

Riessersee also announced the signing of former Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Henrich. The 28-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., had been playing with Alleghe HC of the top Italian league.

VANEK BOLTS

Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek got a little homesick playing in his homeland.

So when his month-long contract with the Graz 99ers expired this month, Vanek opted to leave the Austrian team and return to Buffalo for a little quality family time. The Austrian league is in the midst of its two-week "international break" but it sounds like Vanek won't be going back any time soon.

"I get asked if I'll return after the international break all the time," Vanek said Monday on his website. "That may well be, but certainly not right after the break. I want to wait (and see) how the negotiations between league and PA are going. It seems as if things are going forward a bit.

"I really don't know how things are going to unfold in the next weeks."

Vanek had five goals and 10 assists in 11 games with Graz.

JOKINEN, PART II

Get ready for Jussi Jokinen, the sequel.

The Carolina Hurricanes forward will return to Finland for a second stint with Oulun Karpat in the coming days, unless there is significant movement on the CBA front.

Jokinen, who played eight games with the team in September and October before returning to Carolina, has signed a new six-game deal with Karpat, according to the Raleigh News and Observer, but is hopeful he won't need to go back to Finland. Jokinen had two goals and eight assists in his first go-round with the team.

Locked-out NHLers Kyle Turris and Jason Demers also play for Karpat.

Jokinen and a number of Hurricanes teammates, including Eric and Jordan Staal, have been skating together during the lockout.

BRIEFLY

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth joined Swedish team Almtuna after a two-game stint with his hometown club, Huddinge. Almtuna is in the Swedish Allsvenskan League while Huddinge is in the third division ... Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm won't need surgery after having his cheekbone broken during an informal practice on Friday. Helm, who missed most of the playoffs last year after being cut on the forearm by a skate blade, took a puck to the face during the players-only workout ... Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL player of the week. Ritchie had 10 goals and three assists in three weekend games.


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